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Wake County’s School Board has hired a new Principal for Panther Creek, Camille Hedrick, at a salary of $131,556.
The Board also hired three others:
Fay Jones – $84,341 (Carpenter Elementary School)
Elena Ashburn – $66,078 (East Garner Middle School)
Kendra Culberson – $86,028 (Herbert Akins Elementary School)
Read more at Cary News.
The Wake School board has been complaining about their recent budget problems. Yet they’ve got an “Office of Equity Affairs” with a budget of $204,846 and is headed up by David Trice who’s getting paid $125k. Then there’s the “Strategic Plan” which has cost taxpayers to date over $58k. Small wonder there are budget issues in Wake County Schools — administrative bloat has been a factor for years now and shows no signs of stemming.
“non-teaching staff in American public schools has soared by 130 percent, vastly outpacing the growth in teachers” http://t.co/obHY9EPCXc
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) August 14, 2014
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The N&O’s education section mentioned the efforts of this blog to kill Common Core dead at the end of an article where Wake School Board member Bill Fletcher was yet again using the ‘politicizing’ strategy to attack opposition and one of the bills repealing Common Core. It also included this quote from another board member, Jim Martin:
“Much of the Common Core is what classic good teaching has been,” school board member Jim Martin said at Monday’s government relations committee meeting. “It’s very much a political overreach. It’s not clear that the folks writing this legislation know what curriculum are.
What a load of crap.
First, Mr. Martin — Common Core, as we’ve been told a million times by supporters like you, is a set of standards and not a curriculum. Are you now insinuating Common Core is a method of teaching? Do the Chamber of Commerce, CCSSO, NGA and Bill Gates know you just went off the biggest talking point?
Second, if you happened to pay attention to the findings of the NC General Assembly’s Common Core LRC, you’d know they are well aware of what a standard is and what curriculum is.
Third, good teaching comes from good teachers regardless of a set of standards. The ability for the teacher to adapt a good curriculum around any given student is what makes for classic good teaching. Common Core does not allow for that kind of personalization and customization. To say it does is a bald-faced lie. By the way, the notion of ‘standards’ is relatively new. The use of standards to adhere to, which requires then to teach to the related test, arguably correlates with the decline in scores over the last few decades.
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School board elections often come down to a few dozen votes. The Wake School Board would do well to remember that they have a less than stellar record and that the Chamber doesn’t vote for you, citizens do. I left a comment on the N&O article (below), which I think says it all at this point regarding Mr. Fletcher — and Ms. Kushner or any other Wake School Board member who seems to think it’s a smart move to insult the citizens who vote you in.
Thank you for the mention.
Does Mr. Fletcher think this bill came about by magic and by legislators alone? No, countless letters, phone calls and complaints from moms, dads, grandparents, students and teachers brought about the need for this bill. Apparently Mr. Fletcher has no clue that citizens testified in front of the NCGA’s Common Core Legislative Research Committee and that of the 60 who spoke, 40 spoke in opposition to Common Core. They presented fact based, valid complaints. What Mr. Fletcher has presented is that he is very easily pressured by the Chamber of Commerce and has not done an iota of homework on his own about the standards.
Mr. Fletcher and Ms. Kushner’s strategy of insulting and attacking the voting public who have valid concerns about Common Core is as curious as it is appalling. I wonder how that will work out for them come election time? Continue reading
The Wake county public school system (WCPSS) is revising their strategic plan yet again. Work began on this new plan sometime back in February of this year and now WCPSS is having a kick-off of sorts. On Friday, WCPSS held a forum about the “Community Vision For Wake Children”.
The news report from WRAL says a whole lot of nothing about what this new strategic plan entails. Parents who are just finding out about it on their site will have to fire up Google to figure out what this event was about – or read my article. The WRAL video segment has an interview in it of Superintendent Merrill, where he seems to be choosing his words very carefully.
Only the N&O seemed to have a story (behind their pay wall) on this “Community Vision” event prior to the event itself. No big advertising of this event, much like the Wake Superintendent’s Direct Line forum, was done. That Superintendent Direct Line forum had maybe a dozen people show up at any of the given locations. The one I attended was similar, but that didn’t stop nearly every speaker from speaking out against the Common Core. You can read about that Direct Line forum and watch the videos here. At any rate, WCPSS might want to re-think the ‘less-is-more’ strategy of attracting parents to their event. Continue reading
Here comes the participation trophy in Wake County schools for academics. So much for “higher standards”? More like softening the blow for the next wave of disastrous end of course scores and year and grades.
The Wake County School board, famous for their infighting and busing for “socioeconomic diversity” debacle, now are leaving it up to individual schools in Wake county to decide if kids who don’t do their work should get bad grades. No, I’m not kidding.
So who is behind this push? Two far Left racial and social justice activists tied to both Moral Monday and Blueprint NC. Continue reading